In response to your answer on warming up the car on a cold morning, that is wrong. It’s best to drive the car slow until the entire drive train warms up. As I await your reply I remain an avid reader.
QUESTION: In response to your answer on warming up the car on a cold morning, that is wrong. It’s best to drive the car slow until the entire drive train warms up. As I await your reply I remain an avid reader.
ANSWER: We cannot always agree on all matters in life. You have been reading my column for a while, which I appreciate and hope you continue. I noticed you are also from the Northeast. You can drive slowly in your cold car on a cold morning. I – and all the owners of vehicles with automatic car starters (some vehicles have them as standard equipment from the factory) – will still start the car from inside a warm house, condo or office, and let the car warm up. In the old days when vehicles had carburetors the engines would continue to run at a high idle until the auto car starter or the operator pumped the gas pedal to kick the idle speed down.
QUESTION: I am interested in a 2010 BMW 323XI. I remember the older 3 series seemed a lot smaller than the 2010 model. What are your thoughts on the car?
ANSWER: I spent a very enjoyable week in a 2010 BMW 323XI. The size of the 2010 323 is like an older 5 series, it has grown up in a very good way. The car seats four, has the all-wheel drive feature, plenty of smooth six-cylinder power with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic that can be manually shifted from the steering wheel paddles. There are no confusing interior controls for heat, a/c or radio. The multi-manual seat positions are endless. At $33,000 base plus shipping and options our test car retailed around $40,000. The engineers at BMW took a lot of time to fine tune this car. This car is a car you drive and not just ride in.
QUESTION: I purchased a 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5 4 cylinder. There seems to be a vibration in the steering wheel each time I accelerate in slow traffic. I went back to the dealer and they said the car is fine. The car only has 9,400 miles. What do you suggest?
ANSWER: The first suggestion is to go back to the dealer and test drive the same model as yours. You can also have a local technician road test the car. Just remember some four-cylinder cars such as yours do have a small amount of vibration at lower engine speed. This is a normal condition and could even be worse with the a/c or defroster on. I have also seen loose fan belts, weak engine and exhaust mounts also cause your complaint.
QUESTION: I acquired a 1998 Mercedes E320 with 45,000 miles three years ago. I currently have 48,000 miles. I only drive 1,000 miles per year and use full synthetic oil. The car is garaged when not used. Can I safely wait until I reach 5,000 miles?
ANSWER: Even with the low miles on the car and the low miles you drive, I would still suggest an oil change once a year. Even with full synthetic oil, acid and sludge will build up and all the lubricating parts are sitting in it.
Junior Damato writes regularly about cars. You can send questions to him care of the Old Colony Memorial, 182 Standish Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.